ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis – Smokestack Lightnin ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis – Dust My Broom
Here are another couple of download singles for KuvVer Records, again featuring the Mississippi bluesman, singer and harmonica blower Boo Boo Davis. He is in excellent form on Howling Wolf’s classic, ‘Smokestack Lightnin’, taken at the same tempo but with a slightly different accompaniment (though not too far away from the familiar version). This has a ghostly echo-like sound in the background; for those who remember cassette tapes, it is a little like when the reverse side used to “bleed through”. Boo Boo’s vocal is of course first-class! Similar comments can be applied to the cover of the Elmore James classic. There’s no doubt that’s the original inspiration for this rendition, with Jan Mittendoorp broom-dusting away on electric guitar, though even more to the fore is Boo Boo’s excellent, wild blues harp playing, making for another wonderful recording.
This is the fourth track from the recording session that ElectroBluesSociety did with Mississippi blues man Boo Boo Davis. Together they went back to the classic Chicago blues and this time it’s another Howlin Wolf classic with a little ‘electrofication’
The track is released digital only and available on all download and streaming platforms
ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis – Tell Me (KuvVer Records 605)
Mississippi born singer and drummer Boo Boo Davis goes back to his roots on this “digital single” from KuvVer Records. He used to sing this Howling Wolf song with The Davis Brothers Band when they played in a juke joint in Saint Louis. Maybe the tough vocal and wailing harmonica were more or less the same, even the loping rhythm, as the electronics are not really in evidence here, meaning that this is just a very fine, down-home blues performance. More please!
There is no better night of the year to return to Sweet Home Chicago than Christmas Eve, Xmas in Chi-town during the Reign of King Richard (Daley) the First (“Too ra loo ra loo ral…”) was a joyous fulcrum week at the bottom of the year filled with food, spirits, parties, singing, crying and fighting. Even now I can close my eyes and fill my sinuses with the heavenborn heat of clean steam rising from the boiled fresh meats which would then swirl and fight with the ancient greasy smoke of the grilled meats at every restaurant vent on the block as I cruised alleys on foot homeward from Maxwell Street on Christmas morning fingering the night’s haul and minding the curves, always minding the curves. Or was it Taylor Street? Too old to care now. Musical giants Jan Mittendorp and Jasper Mortier form ElectroBluesSociety and this week they have teamed with Mississippi bluesman Boo Boo Davis to revive another great song. This time it’s the Elmore James classic, “Dust My Broom,” Enjoy.
It is the second track from the recording session that ElectroBluesSociety did in October with Mississippi blues man Boo Boo Davis. Another classic Howlin Wolf song with a little ‘electrofication’. This song was another regular in the Davis Brothers Band repertoire in the 60’s and 70’s.
Released digitally today and available on all streaming and download platforms
For this recording session ElectroBluesSociety went back to basics and teamed up with Mississippi blues man Boo Boo Davis. Together they revisited classic Chicago blues. For Boo Boo this was also a trip down to memory lane all these songs were regulars in the Davis Brothers Band repertoire during the 18 years that they were the weekend house band in Tabby’s Red Room, a famous juke joint in East St Louis.
They recorded seven songs and they will be released as individual singles during the coming months. We start of with a classic Howlin Wolf song.
Byther Smith is a true Living Legend of the Chicago blues scene and during his long lasting career he worked with the greatest of the Chicago blues artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed and Otis Rush. Born in Monticello, Mississippi on April 17, 1933 young Byther Smith got his first musical experiences with gospel music, a music that he returned to at various stages of his career. As a teenager Byther moved to Arizona, working on a cattle ranch and playing with a country & western band at weekends. In 1957 he moved to Chicago at the advice of his cousin, the legendary J.B. Lenoir. He began gigging and taking guitar lessons from Robert Lockwood and Hubert Sumlin presumably on the basis that if you’re going to get a guitar teacher you might as well get the best.
In the early 1960’s Byther Smith was working the clubs on guitar and bass both as a leader and in various bands as sideman. A group of highly prized recordings were made resulting in 45’s on labels such as Bea & Baby, Cruise and Apex. In 1965 it was back to gospel with the Gospel Travellers for a time. In the 1970’s he spent five years in the house band at Theresa’s Tavern, which often meant playing with Junior Wells.
1979 found Byther Smith determined to make it under his own name and a steady stream of coast to coast gigging and touring commenced. He made several recordings and his releases, “Addressing the nation with the blues” (JSP) and “Housefire” and “I’m a mad man” (both on Bullseye), were very successful. Byther released three CDs (“Mississippi Kid”, All Night Long and Hold that train) on Delmark Records. During the years Byther Smith has toured all over the world. In Europe several times, among others as a member of the Chicago Blues Festival. Byther Smith did several very successful European tours between Nov ’94 and Sept ’99. During these tours he performed in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Byther released two recent CDs on Black and Tan Records; Smitty’s Blues (2001) and Throw Away The Book (2004).